‘Ransomware’ hackers disrupt South African grid

Given its apparently limited impacts, John Dickson, principal at the Denim Group consultancy, characterized the Johannesburg cyberattack as more of a “near miss” than anything catastrophic. “It was a very public inconvenience — but an inconvenience nonetheless,” he said.

Dickson added that municipally owned utilities in the United States would be well advised to study what’s happening in Johannesburg, given likely similarities in their own digital defenses.

“Do I feel that the electricity will go out at some point based upon something like this? I suspect so,” he said. “Do I relish the day that it happens? Hell, no. I sure hope it doesn’t.”

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